The state of Montana covers 145,545 square miles of rural and incorporated counties. These rural county residents represent an average population of 6.8 people per acre, compared to the national average of 87.4 people per acre. The 2014 census estimates that there are currently 1,023,579 residents in Montana. There are seven federally recognized Indian reserves, covering over 8,000,000 acres, in the state; Each is a sovereign nation with its own government and legal system. All states receive federal funding to support local victim assistance and compensation programs. There are also non-governmental organizations that provide resources and services to victims of crime. The Victim Legal Network of DC (VLNDC) is a comprehensive intake and referral network that leverages the strengths and expertise of the district`s legal community to ensure there is no false door to justice for victims of crime. VLNDC is coordinated by the Network for Victim Recovery of DC, a community legal service provider that also acts as a technical assistance partner and is comprised of 25 legal service providers. Interveners may serve victims of certain crimes, such as intimate partner violence, sexual violence, criminal harassment or human trafficking.
Understanding which victim populations and types of crimes are currently served by which organizations, and comparing this with the desired level of services for victims, will reveal gaps. Common gaps include victims of identity theft, fraud, murder and gun violence, robbery and burglary, vehicle crime, hate crimes and cybercrime. With this information, it will be crucial to determine whether the best way to address these gaps is to invite other stakeholders or to build the capacity of existing stakeholders. As in the case of the geographical area, a gradual introduction of the types of crimes executed may be desirable. To determine the gaps and desired scope of the types of crimes to be served, consider the following: Regardless of whether the case is successful, the victim may be responsible for paying certain costs related to the case, including filing fees, expert witness fees, and testimony-related expenses. The Georgia Victim Legal Assistance Network (VLAN) includes four legal service organizations as primary partners and community groups from across the state that provide non-legal services to victims of crime. The Criminal Justice Coordination Council of Georgia (CJCC) received funding from the OVC in 2014 for the first phase of what will hopefully be a long-term project to assess and address the civilian needs of victims of crime in Georgia. Georgia VLAN is finalizing a needs assessment of victims of crime in Georgia with Leah Daigle, a researcher at Georgia State University. Georgia VLAN has established a steering committee to advise her work and policy development and is creating an implementation plan for three pilot projects to be launched in 2016, including lawyers and navigators, to address the specific needs of victims of crime and refer victims to the appropriate lead partner or community group. Georgia VLAN`s mission is to enhance and expand services for victims of crime by improving communication and collaboration among victim care providers and connecting victims of crime with key partners and existing community groups serving victims of crime to stabilize the families of victims of crime. Innovative use of technology can support services.
Considerations to ensure the thoughtful use of technology in victims` rights networked services include: Each network as well as NCVLI can provide applicants with information on victims` rights. You can find information and contact details for each network in the “Meet Our Networks” section above. To request information on NCVLI victims` rights, you can click here to submit a request for technical assistance. “It is crucial to involve groups that work with specific cultural communities. Although these groups are not legal service organizations, they are able to determine their clients` needs for legal services. In addition, cultural ambassadors (people with relationships with specific communities) can help us provide holistic support. The Alaska Institute for Justice, Alaska Legal Services Corporation, and UAA Justice Center have formed a grant-funded partnership of nonprofit and government organizations working with victims of crime in Alaska. Project partners include the Alaska Institute for Justice, Alaska Legal Services Corporation, University of Alaska at Anchorage, Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Alaska Office of Victims` Rights, Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board, District Attorney`s Office of Anchorage, and Mayor`s Office of Anchorage.
Project partners are working together to implement and enhance a comprehensive and collaborative model to provide comprehensive legal services to all victims of crime that can be replicated in other rural states. In particular, grant program partners are developing a language access plan to improve access to services for people with limited English proficiency and creating a referral mechanism to ensure victims of crime have access to all network partners. The VNS is a free computerized system that provides victims of federal crimes with information about planned court events as well as the outcome of those court events. It also provides victims with information on the detention status and release of the accused. Please note that not all states offer victim support for all types of crimes. If your state does not provide services to victims of environmental crime, please contact the law enforcement agency or Department of Justice Victims and Witnesses Coordinator assigned to your case who will try to help you seek help. The Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP) and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society (ALAS) are the two main entry points for victims of crime who need civil legal assistance in Georgia through the VLAN. Victims in the 154 counties outside the Atlanta Metro contact GLSP at 1-800-822-5391 or 1-800-255-0056.